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Monday, 17 September 2012

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Why is the one day I cross dressed now my profile picture?

Fraping, or the act of logging onto somebody else's Facebook account and posting something inordinately witty as their status, has finally reached the mobile age.

"In the past, people would be around at a friends house, and they would see the laptop open and logged into Facebook, then add a witty comment," said Facebook Fraping Expert, Stacy Tupdate. "Normally, they would 'out' the Facebook owner by admitting to be gay. In fact, that's all anybody puts."

Now, with the advent of Smart Phones and Facebook apps, people are logged into Facebook all the time on their phones.

"We're seeing cases of people being Fraped while in the pub," said Tupdate. "They'll go to the bar to get a particularly complicated order. By the time that they get back, their Facebook Status has announced that they're really gay."

With it now being so easy for people to be Fraped by their mobile device, the frapists are getting more inventive.

"I saw one fraping that announced that they were not only gay," Said Tupdate, "but also that they were going to Thailand to have everything lopped off."

As well as changing the status of people's Facebook profile, Frapists are having a good look through those pictures marked as private. Particularly embarrassing ones are then been marked as visible to everyone and anyone. This is particularly malicious as most people don't periodically check the privacy settings on embarrassing photos.

"I found this particularly fun," said Tupdate. "When somebody has marked the picture of them at a 1970s disco as completely private, and suddenly, it's their profile picture, that's hilarious."

However, Tupdate has pointed out the serious side to this.

"Any kind of Fraping is a form of cyberbullying," she said with a frown. "It is to be frowned upon. If you see a friend's phone unlocked on the table, don't load Facebook and have a good luck through it before changing the profile picture and status. Be a friend and leave it where it is."

Occasionally, it back fires on the Frapist. "We had one case," said Tupdate, "where the Frapist was looking through for a good profile picture, only to discover his best friend had a picture of him wearing a little white frock at the Manchester Pride festival. So be careful."

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